The Yartung festival is celebrated all over Mustang, especially in Lo-Manthang and Muktinath during August/September every year. It is a three-day celebration and is celebrated with horse races, drinking, and dancing by the people. The most attractive event of this Yartung festival is the horse race competition by men and women. In their language, Yartung means the end of summer. So, they celebrate this festival with enthusiasm, appreciating the good lives the summer has brought to them. By that time, they have finished harvesting the crops and they have stored the cereal at home. In fact, this festival is for making offerings to Buddha and receiving blessings from the village chief as well as from respectable senior citizens for an auspicious journey.
|Yartung Festival||All over Mustang, especially in Lomanthang and Muktinath||Aug 21-Aug 23|